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A Separate Peace (1972)

 -  Drama  -  27 September 1972 (USA)
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Gene and Finny are two boys who are best friends living in 1943, at the height of World War II. The idea that the boys will most likely be drafted when they turn eighteen is surrounding ... See full summary »

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Cast overview:
John Heyl ...
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Gene
William Roerick ...
Mr. Patchwithers
Peter Brush ...
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Brinker
Scott Bradbury ...
Chet
John E.A. Mackenzie ...
Bobby
Mark Trefethen ...
John
Frank Wilich Jr. ...
Quackenbush
Elizabeth B. Brewster ...
Mrs. Patchwithers
Edward Echols ...
Mr. Ludsbury
Don Schultz ...
Dr. Stanpole
Paul Sadler ...
Naval Officer
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Gene and Finny are two boys who are best friends living in 1943, at the height of World War II. The idea that the boys will most likely be drafted when they turn eighteen is surrounding them, and they are practically forced to live their lives to the fullest. The two boys attend the Devon School, which prepares them for military life that they will most likely be subjected to. The film begins with a narration by an older Gene, traveling back to Devon some years later. The thing he wishes most to see is the tree, which had a great effect on the boys' lives. Written by Anonymous

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John Knowles, author of the novel, "A Separate Peace" on which the movie was based, attended Phillips Exeter Academy where the movie was filmed. See more »

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Mostly dull and depressing
5 June 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was disappointed. The source material was interesting, although overrated. So it had the potential to be a pretty good story. But this doesn't do it. Part of the problem was that they attempted to convey a late 60's - early 70's mood to a story that took place during World War II, and they did a poor job of capturing the time and place. Obviously, there are parallels to the Vietnam War for those who care to look for them, but that was not suited to this story. The plot is somewhat mysterious. Gene, a nerdy honor student, has become roommates with a handsome, charismatic jock named Finny, and becomes very enamored with him. To Gene's surprise, Finny seems equally devoted to him, but he can't figure out why. Partly as a result of that and the pressure to excel at school, he fears that Finney is plotting to undermine him academically, so when they are preparing to jump off of a large tree together, he makes a fateful and decision with devastating consequences. There is a message that the story tries to convey- perhaps about the competitive atmosphere of school, perhaps about the nature of friendship and devotion, or perhaps Gene thinking that no one would want to be friends with him without having an ulterior motive. And there are other possibilities as well. But the film never explores this in anything more than a superficial way. Because of the source material, there are some interesting scenes and some nice scenery, and the inexperienced cast does well enough. But it never gets the viewer all that interested in the story, even for fans of the novel.


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